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Multimodal Learning

Learning Communities


Faculty Innovation Center

The new Faculty Innovation Center is now available for interdisciplinary faculty collaborations, small research discussions, or micro-conferences. The space has a kitchenette and patio. It can comfortably hold 25-30 people.
Reserve the CWU Faculty Innovation Center (Samuelson 165) 

patio entrance of Sam 165 accessed via the 10th ave walkway between Discovery Hall and Samuelson

Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching

Each Spring Multimodal Learning hosts the Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching to highlight faculty teaching practices. The event gives faculty an opportunity to share their high impact practices with each other. Presentations are made in three formats that include a 3-minute lightning round, brief video created by MML staff and poster presentations. A Faculty Innovator of the Year award (with $500 stipend) is presented and two Innovative Excellence awards are presented at the event. 

View the Inaugural Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching 2022

Multimodal Learning Community Meetings are informal community conversations around best practices for teaching and learning that typically occur on Fridays at Noon throughout CWU’s regular academic quarters.

Faculty present teaching experiences and techniques across the in-person, hybrid, and online modalities using various technologies and share best practices, take aways, or do overs.

The sessions are recorded, and attendance will fulfill the Faculty Learning Community requirements of the Master Online Teacher Certificate (MOTC). Most sessions are led by CWU faculty, with occasional topic experts and industry leaders from outside the university.

All faculty are invited to bring their lunches and attend in-person in Samuelson or remotely via Zoom (registration links provided).

Fall 2022 Schedule

Title: Building Creative Assignments: Increase Student Engagement in All Modalities 
Description: With the pandemic causing a shift in thinking regarding modalities and learning styles, creativity and innovation become more vital for educators. This faculty learning committee meeting will discuss an innovative assignment utilized at both the undergraduate and graduate level in different modalities and how assessments were used to increase student engagement
Presenter:  Sean Dahlin, Program Director of Sport Managmeent, Director of Northwest Center for Sport, Assistant Professor in Sport and Movement Studies
Date: October 7, @Noon
Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom
Recording Link (login required)

Title: Ready to Pivot? Adapting Digital Tools to Multiple Modalities
Description: As we have moved through the different stages of the pandemic, teaching online, on Zoom, in-person, hybrid, and hyflex classes, we need digital tools that we can adapt to different modalities to help students engage with class readings, prepare for discussions, and participate in breakout groups. I will demonstrate how I adapt different instructional technologies, including Perusall for social annotation of digital readings, Canvas discussions for pre-class reading responses, and Class Notebook for collaborative notetaking during breakout groups. Participants will be able to share their own ideas for using digital tools in multiple modalities.
Presenter:  Chris Schedler, Chair and Professor, English Department
Date: October 21, @Noon
Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom
Recording Link (login required)

Title: Open Access at CWU: A full retrospecive of faculty articles
Description: Learn how the CWU Libraries has made every Open Access article published by CWU faculty available in our Institutional repository, ScholarWorks. CWU faculty publish valuable research and we are making it as widely accessible as possible. Learn about the project and the assessment to follow. Related LibGuide: Open Access by Maura Valentino
Presenter:  Maura Valetino, Associate Professor, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Digital Initiatives
Date: October 28 , @Noon
Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom
Register for the session

Title: Place-based Learning Activities in Online Courses
Description: In this session we will discuss using hands-on accessibility audits as a tool for students to observe and assess their own environment and community.  Students locate and use tools and technology to assess local spaces based on the Americans with Disabilities act. They must explain the rationale for each ADA regulation in terms of impact on functioning of people with disabilities. The students document findings in a standard format, suggest potential solutions, and practice advocacy skills based on their findings This process could be easily applied in other fields using other tools and targets.  
Presenter:  Lynn Swedberg, CWU Accessibility Studies Faculty, Winner of the Faculty Innovation Showcase 2022
Date: November 4 , @Noon
Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom
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Title: Higher Ed, Meet Artificial Intelligence
Description: The increasing availability of writing and creative tools utilizing artificial intelligence introduces new opportunities and challenges for higher education. Join us for conversation with Ray Schroeder about the potential impacts of AI on teaching, research, and assessment and how we might re-vision these practices in light of technological change.    
Presenter:  Ray Schroeder, UPCEA Senior Fellow, UIS Professor Emeritus
Date: November 18 , @Noon
Location: Remote via Zoom
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Recordings of Past Learning Community Meetings

Click the links below to view group descriptions and recordings of past presentations.

Academic Year 2021-2022 Recordings
Academic Year 2020-2021 Recordings
Faculty Symposia Recordings 2020-2022
Historical Explorers MLC 2010-2019
Historical Vanguard MLC 2010-2019

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